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Marking the 200th anniversary of the death of Jane Austen on 18th July 1817 in Winchester, we have created some historically themed tours this year that pay tribute to the women who, through the centuries, have shaped the city’s history.

All tours start at the Tourist Information Centre and take 1½ hours.

 

medievalqueensA Medieval Empress and more

Matilda, Eleanor and Juliana.  An Empress, a Queen and a laundrywoman all left their mark on the city in the 12th and 13th centuries and the actions of one of these still has relevance today.

Date: Saturday 29 April, 15:00 - 16:30

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

marytudorBloody Mary

Queen Mary's wedding to Philip of Spain here  in 1554 pitched Catholic against Protestant. Visit the places that form part of Winchester's role in that story. The legacy of which you can find out more about on our 'Catholic Winchester' tour on 3 June.

Date: Saturday 6 May, 15:00 - 16:30

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children. Entry to the Cathedral is free for friends, otherwise +£2.50 via the tour guide.

stuartmistressesStuart Monarchs & Mistresses

Summer scandals in Winchester. We start with Charles II and his dalliances with Nell Gwyn and the Duchess of Portsmouth and finish with Anne, our last Stuart monarch.

Date: Saturday 3 June, 15:00 - 16:30

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

janeaustenJane Austen's Winchester

Take a tour around Regency Winchester and find out about the 'races and revels and dissolute measures' referred to by Jane Austen. There were riots too!

Date: Saturday 10 June, 15:00 - 16:30

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children. Entry to the Cathedral is free for friends, otherwise +£2.50 via the tour guide.

victorianwomenRemarkable Victorian Women 

Learn about two remarkable women who made an impact, Mary Sumner and Josephine Butler, and about Queen Victoria's 6 minute visit. 

Date: Saturday 17 June, 15:00 - 16:30

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

3saxonqueens

Three Saxon Queens

A power to be reckoned with. Find out why Winchester was important to our Saxon Queens Aelswith, Emma and Edith.

Date: Saturday 5 August, 15:00 - 16:30

Tickets: £6.50 adults, £2 children.

Women in Winchester Tours

 

Testimonials:

“Well worthwhile - good introduction to Winchester. Good value for money.”

“The tour provided an excellent introduction to and insight into the city's life and history. The guide was first class.”

“Very good tour with well informed and friendly guide. Will be taking another tour tomorrow.”